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Weekly Legislative Update: February 18, 2020

Congressional Schedule: February 17-21, 2020

Congress is in recess until the week of February 24.

Bills Introduced: February 10-14, 2020


S. 3259—Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)/Foreign Relations (2/10/20)—A bill to restrict the availability of federal funds to organizations associated with the abortion industry.

H.R. 5831—Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)/Foreign Affairs (2/10/20)—A bill to restrict the availability of federal funds to organizations associated with the abortion industry.

S. 3275—Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)/Read for the first time (2/12/20)—A bill to to protect pain-capable unborn children, and for other purposes.


H.R. 5838—Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)/Education and Labor; Oversight and Reform; House Administration (2/10/20)—A bill to allow employees to take, as additional leave, parental involvement leave to participate in or attend their children’s and grandchildren’s educational and extracurricular activities, and for other purposes.

H.R. 5885—Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY)/Oversight and Reform; House Administration; Veterans’ Affairs; Judiciary (2/13/20)—A bill to make technical corrections relating to parental leave for Federal employees, and for other purposes.

S. 3303—Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)/Commerce, Science, and Transportation (2/13/20)—A bill to promote transportation career opportunities and improve diversity in the workforce.

Family Support

S. 3283—Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)/Finance (2/12/20)—A bill to allow states to use incentive payments available under the child support enforcement program to improve parent-child relationships, increase child support collections, and improve outcomes for children by supporting parenting time arrangements for noncustodial parents in uncontested agreements, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 853—Rep. Donald A. McEachin (D-VA)/Energy and Commerce (2/12/20)—A resolution to recognize the maternal health crisis in the United States and the importance of reducing mortality and morbidity among all women, and honoring mothers.
Human Trafficking

S. 3307—Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (2/13/20)—A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the implementation of curricula for training students, teachers, parents, and school personnel to understand, recognize, prevent, and respond to signs of human trafficking and exploitation in children and youth, and for other purposes.
S. 3319—Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO)/Judiciary (2/13/20)—A bill to reauthorize comprehensive research and statistical review and analysis of trafficking in persons and commercial sex acts, and for other purposes.

S. Res. 494—Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)/Foreign Relations (2/10/20)—A resolution to denounce female genital mutilation or cutting as a violation of the human rights of women and girls and urging the international community and the federal government to increase efforts to eliminate the harmful practice.

S. 3301—Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)/Foreign Relations (2/13/20)—A bill to promote the empowerment, development, and prosperity of women globally, and for other purposes.
S. Res. 500—Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (2/13/20)—A resolution to support the goals and ideals of the “International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.”
H. Res. 859—Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)/Energy and Commerce (2/13/20)—A resolution to support the goals and ideals of the “International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.”

S. 3272—Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY)/Armed Services (2/11/20)—A bill to provide for a “Safe to Report” policy relating to alleged instances of sexual assault involving members of the Armed Forces.


H. Res. 846—Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL)/Energy and Commerce; Natural Resources (2/11/20)—A resolution to urge the people of the United States to observe the month of April of each year as “Hazel M. Johnson Environmental Justice Month.”
H.R. 5873—Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY)/Financial Services (2/12/20)—A bill to require the secretary of the Treasury to mint commemorative coins in recognition of the Bicentennial of Harriet Tubman’s birth.
H.R. 5913—Rep. Jodey C. Arrington (R-TX)/Transportation and Infrastructure (2/14/20)—A bill to designate the Rocksprings Station of the U.S. Border Patrol located on West Main Street in Rocksprings, Texas, as the “Donna M. Doss Border Patrol Station.”
Tax Policy
H.R. 5837—Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO)/Ways and Means (2/10/20)—A bill to permit treatment of child care payments as elective deferrals for purposes of employer matching contributions, and for other purposes.
H.R. 5876—Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ)/Ways and Means; Armed Services (2/12/20)—A bill to provide a work opportunity tax credit for military spouses and to provide for flexible spending arrangements for childcare services for military families.
Violence Against Women
H. Res. 851—Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)/Judiciary (2/12/20)—A resolution to express support for designation of the month of February 2020 as “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.”